The first documented recipe of chyawanprash appears in Charak Samhita – the book written by the famous Ayurvedacharya Charak. It is described as “the foremost of all rasayanas, especially good for alleviating cough and asthma; it nourishes the weak, the wounded, the old, and those that are of tender years as well”.
Chyawanprash combines the goodness of a variety of herbs and ingredients, including amla, elaichi, ashwagandha, shatavari, brahmi, tulsi, bel, kesar, and gokhru. It fortifies the immune system of the body by building ojas and provides strength, vitality, and vigor. Here are some of the other benefits of chyawanprash.
- Fights cough and cold
- Helps with a variety of lung-related infections
- Rejuvenates people who’re old and infirm
- Improves intelligence, boosts concentration, and enhances memory function
- It makes the skin soft, supple, and lustrous
- Keeps the complexion healthy and glowing
- Increases stamina and strength
- Useful in heart-related problems
- Makes men more virile and increases their sexual stamina
- Stokes the digestive fire (jatharagini) and gives you a healthy appetite
- Keeps the digestive system healthy and promotes easy bowel movement
What is the appropriate dosage for Chyawanprash?
- Have 1-2 teaspoons of chyawanprash with lukewarm milk once or twice a day. Ayurveda considers milk to be a vehicle (an anupana) that helps carry the qualities of chyawanprash deep into the tissues of the body
- For children, limit the dosage of chyawanprash to half a teaspoon twice a day. However, do not give them chyawanprash until they turn three years old.
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